Ship Shaped Buildings (page 1)

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The Galleon [gone]
Absecon, NJ
The Galleon was built in 1926 as a real estate office to attract buyers to the Neptune's Gardens development. It was built as a replica of Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria. It was also known as the Absecon Beach Camp. There was also a miniature version of the Absecon lighthouse. The ship was originally built on wetlands and accessed by a wooden plank walkway. At that time, there was evidently a seafood restaurant in the building as well. When the real estate market bottomed out, the building was moved three miles away. It was used as an Atlantic gas station but I'm not sure at which location. It was also used for various shops, restaurants, and offices over the years.

Towards the end, it housed a seldom-open antiques shop. In the late 1980s or early 1990s, the building was painted white with light blue trim. This was the last of three ship real estate offices built. One of these was for the Pirate Ship Realty Co. in Cliffwood Beach, NJ which was destroyed by fire in 1993. The ship in Absecon was demolished in 2009. I don't know where the third ship was located or what happened to it. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Pirate Ship
Glendale, OR
This Pirate Ship facade at Glendale High School was built in 2000. The school's mascot is a pirate. [map]

S.S. Blinky Jr. Building
Casa Grande, AZ


The S.S. Blinky Jr. was built by C.J. "Blinky" Wilson who had a son in the Navy. It was built in the 1940s as a gas station. There was a neon sign shaped like a lighthouse advertising Beacon Ethyl Gasoline. The back part of the ship had repair bays. The building was used as an auto agency from 1946-1981. The anchor appears to be the original. A smokestack and an exterior staircase to the top level are now missing. Also gone are the tires painted to look like life preservers which were installed on the railing. The building now houses the Ark Mash Store, a thrift store. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [map]

Noah's Ark
Panama City Beach, FL
The ship-shaped Noah's Ark was built in 1978 as a "Christian Place" which sered youth groups in summer and vacationing senior citizens in winter. By 2015, the building was housing The Pour coffee shop. [map]

Noah's Ark [gone]
St. Charles, MO
This Noah's Ark was built in 1966 as a restaurant resembling a steamship. The ship was 155 feet long, 60 feet wide and 25 feet tall. It was later transformed into Noah's Ark with fiberglass animals and a statue of Noah on the roof.

Noah's Ark was closed for many years. In 2005, the structure in conjunction with the adjacent abandoned Days Inn, was used as the Haunted Hotel for the Halloween season. In 2007, the building was demolished and a new shopping complex was built. I don't know where the giraffes and elephant statues wound up. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Estes Ark
Estes Park, CO
This Estes Ark was built from 1994-1995. The building is built in the shape of Noah's Ark. It is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide and 30 feet tall. The store sells stuffed animals and games. [map]

Noah's Ark
Ocean City, NJ
Noah's Ark
Burlington, WA
This Noah's Ark in Ocean City was built in 2005 at the Ocean City Tabernacle. It is installed on the side of the church's pre-school building. [map]

This Noah's Ark in Burlington was built in 1988 for His Place Community Church's Sunday school program. The Ark building is 160 feet long. [map]

Noah's Ark
Lehi, UT
This Noah's Ark was built around 2000 as part of the Children's Discovery Garden in the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. It is the main feature of a splash fountain for children to play in. The Discovery Garden is now part of the Museum of Natural Curiosity which opened in 2014.

Noah's Ark
El Paso, TX
This Noah's Ark houses the Dental Ark, a children's dentist office. I believe it was built in 2009. [map]

More Noah's Ark Buildings:
Seaford Wesleyan Church (Seaford, DE)
Kennywood (West Mifflin, PA)
private home (Colonial Heights, VA)
Noah's Ark Restaurant (now Logos Land Resort) (Cobden, ON)

Mayflower Inn [gone]
Galveston, TX
The Mayflower Inn was a ship-shaped hotel designed by Ben Milam and built in 1941. It was originally known as the "SS Galveston Hotel Court". The building was demolished for condos soon after these photos were taken in 2006. For more, see this website.

Yankee Clipper
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Yankee Clipper was designed by Tony Shermann and built in 1955. The building is meant to resemble a giant cruise ship. It features a mast, porthole windows, and deck-like balconies and railings. In 2014, the hotel was renamed as the B Ocean Resort. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Viking Ship
Eden Prairie, MN
This Viking Ship is located outside the Minnesota Vikings football team's training facility. [map]

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